ROME (AP) — Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.
A guard at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity opened fire on staff Thursday, killing three foreigners including a doctor, in the latest attack targeting international civilians in the Afghan capital. The security guard was injured in the incident at the Cure International hospital and detained by police, officials said, adding that the motive behind the shootings was not immediately known. Cure International is a non-profit organisation founded in 1998 and based in Pennsylvania. A doctor who was treating the wounded at the hospital in west Kabul confirmed the incident and said a foreign doctor was among the dead.
Shares in French engineering group Alstom, which builds power-generating equipment and high-speed trains, shot up nearly 14.0 percent in early trading on Thursday on rumours that US General Electric may make a takeover bid. Alstom, issued a statement to say that it had no knowledge of any such offer from General Electric (GE). Alstom shares, which surged initially by about 17.0 percent, shortly after were showing a gain of 13.87 percent to 27.72 euros on the Paris stock which was showing an overall advance of 0.54 percent. The financial news agency Bloomberg had reported on Wednesday that GE was in advanced talks to buy Alstom for more than $13.0 billion (9.4 billion), and a deal could be announced next week.